Union Berlin 1-0 Hertha Berlin: Sebastian Polter seals last-gasp victory with penalty kick as Berlin derby returns for first time in 42 years to an electric atmosphere of flares and fireworks
- Berlin hosted an all Bundesliga derby for the first time in 42 years
- Supporters of both sides created an electric atmosphere inside the stadium
- Flares covered the stands in smoke and colour as the noise became deafening
- Sebastian Polter scored a 90th minute penalty for the jubilant home side
Sebastian Polter’s 90th-minute penalty gave Union Berlin a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin in the German capital’s first Bundesliga derby featuring teams from either side of the formerly divided city.
Referee Deniz Aytekin, who had earlier suspended play due to fireworks, pointed to the spot after Hertha defender Dedryck Boyata was penalized for a foul on Christian Gentner.
Polter duly scored from the spot but the home fans’ celebrations were delayed through 10 minutes of injury time due to the earlier interruption caused when fireworks from Hertha fans landed on the pitch.
Sebastian Potter held his nerve to score a 90th minute penalty and seal victory for Union Berlin
Potter let out a scream of jubilation after winning the game in the dying moments
Scenes of bedlam poured out as Union players and substitutes celebrated together
Only moments earlier Polter had spurned a glorious chance to snatch all three points when he headed off target in the closing stages, before duly making amends.
Hertha fans fired more fireworks onto the pitch when the game ended, as the stadium continued to stand as a cauldron of noise.
Celebrations continued long after the final whistle, with jubilant home supporters in no rush to leave the ground.
An electric atmosphere was created inside the stadium for the eagerly awaited Berlin derby
Flares and firecrackers burst into the air as supporters created relentless noise
The game had to be paused at one point after fireworks made their way onto the pitch
The air filled with deep plumes of red after more and more flares were cracked open
Hooded fans were right up behind the goalmouth as an intimidating atmosphere mounted
The result sees Union climb to within one point of their city rivals, and sit in 13th place in the Bundesliga after 10 matches played.
Hertha meanwhile find themselves in 11th, with only two wins from their last five league matches.